What is a Root Canal?
Root canal treatment, technically called endodontic treatment, is needed when the nerve inside of a tooth is damaged. The procedure is designed to eliminate decay and infection in order to relieve pain and avoid the need for a tooth extraction. During treatment, our dentists remove the pulp (the living tissue in the center of a tooth) and fill the empty space with special dental materials. Depending on your case, they may protect the tooth with a dental crown.
Root Canal Treatment is Misunderstood
The truth is, root canal therapy isn’t the scary, horrible procedure that you may have been led to believe! Root canals somehow got the reputation for being painful, but it’s the condition they’re treating that’s painful. With modern techniques and anesthetics, the procedure is no more uncomfortable than a filling, and it delivers the solution to help you feel better and save your tooth.
Why Do I Need a Root Canal?
Patients visit us for root canal treatment in Greer, SC for a variety of reasons. The most common include:
A root canal can stop pain and prevent extraction of a tooth if decay reaches the pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels.
Abscess or Infection
An infection inside of a tooth or at the root tip can necessitate root canal therapy to clear the infection and prevent it from spreading.
If the pulp of your tooth is damaged because of injury or trauma, root canal therapy could be the only way to preserve the tooth.